A new easy waffle stitch crochet blanket pattern, the Esme Blanket, is now a free crochet blanket pattern here on the blog. Read all about the timeless heirloom, quick & easy level or scroll down for the free crochet pattern.
No time right now? Pin this easy waffle stitch crochet blanket pattern for later!
*This post contains affiliate links (only for products I love, use and spend my own money on obviously). This means I earn some yarn money if you make a purchase through one of these links (of course at no extra cost for you!), which I promise to use to create more awesome patterns like this one. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.
A Classic and Timeless Heirloom Blanket
The waffle stitch gives the Esme Blanket a beautifully textured border (without holes for tiny fingers and toes to get stuck in).
Whether you’re looking for a blanket to swaddle a newborn baby in, a throw to cuddle in front of the fireplace, or a bedspread, the Esme Blanket is the project for you. Classic and timeless it comes in 11 sizes.
The central part of the blanket is made with simple double crochet and half double crochet stitches so you can fly through it. After a few rows, the waffle stitch pattern comes out clearly making this a great project to work up in front of your favorite show.
Featuring chunky weight 5 yarn, it works up in no time.
The Waffle Stitch
New to the waffle stitch? I have a detailed video tutorial for you!
Downloadable Easy Waffle Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern PDF
More Easy Crochet Blankets You'll Love
Before you Start your Waffle Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
- 6.5 mm / US K – 10.5 hook
- Zeeman Julia (bulky weight (5), 80% acrylic, 20% wool, 170m/186yd, 100g/3.5oz): 1 (5, 7, 9, 9, 12, 14, 26, 41, 44, 49) skeins in off-white color
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
The gauge for this pattern is 11 st by 9 rows in alternating rows of hdc and dc stitches for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
The waffle stitch crochet blanket pattern is available in 11 sizes, noted lovey (baby, receiving, toddler, crib-small, crib-regular, throw, twin, double, queen, king) throughout the pattern. Pictures illustrate the toddler size.
The table below shows the different sizes.
You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size, instructions are given in the pattern below.
This pattern uses US notations.
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- fpdc = front post double crochet
Work instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the row/round. Instructions between () are worked in the same stitch/space.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row/round between < >.
The turning ch 1, ch 2 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned.
The pattern is written in crochet shorthand. For example:
- “dc 1” means to double crochet in the next stitch,
- “dc 2” means to double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
- and “2 dc” means to double crochet twice in the next st.
- Front post double crochet (fpdc):
- Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front behind the double crochet post below (in this case the double crochet is 2 rows below), yarn over, and pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook).
- Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, and pull through the remaining loops.
- Waffle Stitch (detailed in the pattern): find the full Waffle Stitch tutorial (includes a video tutorial) here.
The Actual Waffle Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern
With your 6.5mm hook, ch 27 (99, 111, 138, 150, 168, 168, 252, 300, 300, 300) + 2
Note: If you want to adjust the blanket size, your starting chain needs to be a multiple of 3 + 2
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc, [fpdc, dc 2] until last 2 st, fpdc, hdc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, dc, [dc, fpdc 2] until last 2 st, dc 2, turn.
Repeat Row 2 and 3 three times.
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc, [fpdc, dc 2] three times, fpdc, hdc until last 11 st, fpdc [dc 2, fpdc] three times, hdc, turn.
Row 5: Ch 2, dc, [dc, fpdc 2] three times, dc until last 10 st, [fpdc 2, dc] three times, dc, turn.
Repeat Row 4 and 5 until you reach approximately 16 (67, 92, 100, 83, 105, 123, 159, 220, 235, 264) cm / 6.5 (26.5, 36.5, 39.5, 32.5, 41.5, 48.5, 62.5, 86.5, 92.5, 103.5) ending with a Row 5.
Note: If you want to adjust the blanket size, repeat Row 4 and 5 until you reach desired blanket width minus waffle border height (approximately 9 cm / 3.5”). Finish with a Row 5.
Repeat Row 2 and 3 four times.
Repeat Row 2 one more time.
You’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your blanket even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.